Siuslaw River Bridge
Crossing the river into Florence from the south, travelers experience the beauty of the 1,568-foot Siuslaw River Bridge. Located at milepost 190.98, it is one of five major bridges built in 1936 along the Oregon Coast Highway, and like the others, replaced ferry service across the river. The original cost of this bridge was $527,000.
Engineered by famous Oregon Coast bridge designer Conde McCullough and built by the Mercer-Fraser Company of Eureka, this is a combination steel double-leaf bascule drawspan and reinforced concrete through tied arch structure. The 140-foot central bascule -- flanked by two 154 feet, reinforced concrete tied arches -- is the same design used for the original Alsea Bay Bridge. Clearance of 110 feet is provided to boat traffic when the bridge is open.
It is noted for its many decorative touches. Such elements include the approach pylons, ornate railings, and the four Art Deco obelisk towers designed to house lodging for the operator and mechanical equipment.
A popular bridge for amateur and professional photographers, one of the best places to take that perfect shot is from Bay Street in Old Town Florence.
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